Dr. Dipu Moni is a Bangladeshi politician who served as Foreign Minister of Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013. Currently she is a Member of the 10th National Parliament of Bangladesh; Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights; Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Defence; one of the four Joint General Secretaries; and one of the four official spokespersons of the Bangladesh Awami League. Dr. Moni is also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women and a Senate Member of Dhaka University.
Dr. Moni was the Secretary for Womens Affairs and a Member of the Sub‐Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bangladesh Awami League before her induction to the cabinet. She represented Chandpur‐3 as a Member of Bangladesh Parliament. She worked for women's rights and entitlements, health legislation, health policy and management, health financing, strategic planning, and health and human rights under the Constitution and law in Bangladesh's economic and social development programs and foreign policy issues of the region and globally. As a Minister of Foreign Affairs she has represented her government's position to the Cabinet Ministers and public representatives of Asia, Europe and the USA, Ambassadors and Senior Representatives of International Institutions.
Dr. Dipu Moni has an MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an LLM in Law from London University.
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